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Queering the Asian Diaspora

Queering the Asian Diaspora
East and Southeast Asian Sexuality, Identity and Cultural Politics

176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The COVID pandemic has exacerbated global geopolitical tensions and exposed Sinophobia and anti-Asian racism. Meanwhile, a nascent Asian diasporic consciousness has been emerging worldwide, celebrating Asian identity and cultural heritage. In the space between anti-Asian racism and Asian Pride, queer people’s voices have been largely missing. How is queer Asian diaspora situated in-between mainstream Asian and LGBTQ politics? Is a queer Asian diasporic cultural politics possible? This book draws on a range of contemporary case studies including art, fashion, performance, film and political activism. It articulates an intersectional cultural politics that is anti-nationalist, anti-racist, decolonial, feminist and queer.

Chapter 1 - Visualising the Rabbit God: Reclaiming Queer Asian Heritage
Chapter 2 - Decolonising Drag: When Queer Asian Artists Do Drag
Chapter 3 - Queering Chinoiserie: Performing Orientalist Intimacy
Chapter 4 - ‘Secret Love’: Curating Queerness and Queering Curation
Chapter 5 - Digital Video Activism: Fan Popo’s Cinema of Desire
Chapter 6 - Imagining Queer Bandung: Creating a Decolonial Queer Space

Hongwei Bao

Dr Hongwei Bao is a queer East Asian scholar, writer and poet. He works closely with queer and Asian communities in the UK and internationally to raise awareness of issues of identity, community, rights and social justice. He is the author of Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China (NIAS Press, 2018), Queer China: Lesbian and Gay Literature and Visual Culture under Postsocialism (Routledge, 2020), Queer Media in China (Routledge, 2021) and Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance (Routledge, 2022). His flash fiction won the Second Prize for the Plaza Prizes for Microfiction in 2023. His poetry collections... More About Author